Students learn the art of invention

Biomedical engineering sophomores Jessica Ashmead and Annicka Carter are getting a first-hand look at what it takes to invent and commercialize a medical device. They developed a surgical retractor with a battery-powered LED in a freshman bioengineering class at the University of Utah. They call it the OptiGuide. So far, they have received national recognition […]

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U student wins techTITANS contest with tendon repair device

University of Utah student Dolly Holt says to imagine squeezing an egg in your fist — it won’t break. The same mechanical concept applies to her invention of a tendon and ligament repair device. The prototype invention won the grand prize and $5,000 in the annual techTITANS Idea Challenge, beating 60 collegiate teams from throughout […]

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Utah Governor and the University of Utah to Celebrate State’s Entrepreneurial Spirit

The University of Utah and Governor Gary Herbert will celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship during the week of Sept. 26-30. Activities revolve around the declaration by Governor Herbert, himself a former small business owner, declaring today the state’s official Entrepreneurship Day. That proclamation was made at 11:30 a.m. in the Capitol Rotunda, followed by a […]

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David Eccles School of Business leaps into Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 25

The University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business has joined the ranks of “Entrepreneur Magazine’s” Top 25, winning special recognition for its innovative, experience-based approach to business education (www.entrepreneur.com/topcolleges/undergrad/1.html). “We are honored to be included in such a prestigious ranking. The David Eccles School of Business is an experience-based program with curriculum designed to […]

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Lassonde Entrepreneur Center marks 10th anniversary

What was once just a “crazy idea” to bring business and science students together is now one of the most successful student entrepreneurial centers in the country. The Pierre and Claudette McKay Lassonde New Venture Development Center at the University of Utah (the U) is marking its 10th anniversary this month with student success stories that […]

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University of Utah Research Leads to Commercialization of “Smart Feeding Tube”

Feeding tubes are not as harmless as they seem. Every year in the U.S. over 40,000 feeding tubes are mistakenly placed into a patient’s lungs, which results in an estimated 6,000 deaths. But a University of Utah startup company, Veritract Inc., hopes to end these risks by making the placement of feeding tubes much safer […]

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Students leverage Lassonde experience to land good jobs

When Arlo McGinn entered the University of Utah (the U) as a doctoral student in pharmacology and toxicology, he had only an inkling of the entrepreneurial adventure he had undertaken. Initially tapped in 2008, along with MBA students Mark Adams and Kalyani Yerra, to evaluate the commercialization potential for a novel optically-guided endoscopic feeding tube […]

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Students win $40K at the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge

Garth Koyle and Seth Shoultes left Rice Eccles Stadium Wednesday evening with a $40,000 check after winning the grand prize at the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge Final Awards Banquet. The Utah Entrepreneur Challenge is a student entrepreneur competition sponsored by Zions Bank and has helped to fund dozens of student business ventures since its inception in […]

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